5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2016

Located on a small island surrounded by choppy waters, just off the coast of San Fran, lies a prison that has held the country’s most dangerous criminals...

Alcatraz -- like something out of a comic book, it’s no wonder it’s the most notorious incarceration facility in the country. Home to likes of Al Capone, George “Machine-Gun” Kelly, and Arthur “Doc” Barker, the high security federal building operated from 1934 to 1963, containing the murderous gangsters of the 1920s and 30s. In its 29 years of operation, the prison managed to rack up quite a colorful -- and sometimes violent -- history.

Here’s a quick look at some intriguing Alcatraz facts you may not know. If you don't get your fix here, read on to check out the activities we offer that will take you there to see it for yourself!

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    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

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    Think you've got what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Put your survival skills to the test during this escape room challenge! Escape room games lock you in a room and pit you against the clock, leaving you just one hour to locate a series of clues, unravel an overarching puzzle, and make your escape! You'll have to work successfully with a small group of fellow players, making this a great team-building challenge. Use your brain--or it's zombie chow!
    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

    660 Bryant St, San Francisco

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive game where you must find a way to escape a locked room
    • Exercise your critical thinking skills to piece together clues in order to solve the mystery
    • Work with a small team to better your odds of completing the task within the allotted time
    • Feel the rush as you race against the clock -- and the zombies!
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    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to... well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    31310 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY San Francisco's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea, before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.

    Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. You'll have time to shop and have lunch in Monterey, with the option of visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and enjoy plenty of photo stops on this scenic day trip from San Francisco. No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Cypress, magnificent mansions, playful wildlife along the coastline and breathtaking natural beauty.

    Then, you'll head to the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a charming downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission. On this last stop of the tour, you will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.

    Highlights of this day trip include:

    • Pacific Ocean drive
    • Cannery Row
    • Lone Cypress
    • Pebble Beach Lodge and golf course
    • Carmel Mission
    • Monterey Bay
    • 17-Mile Drive
    • Seal Rock
    • Carmel by the Sea
    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Cruise along California's famous 17-Mile Drive on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco
    • Follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to explore shops or visit the aquarium
    • Discover the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea's downtown shopping district and beautiful beaches
    • Enjoy plenty of stops and fantastic photo opportunities along the way.
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    "Wine Therapy" Voyage

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    There is no better way to release the daily stress than with a leisurely voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay! Your journey starts at Pier 39, where you will board the classic "Neptune' and cast away your worries. You will be living the life of luxury as you enjoy tastings of Northern California's finest wines and nibble on light snacks, all while taking in the beautiful San Francisco skyline. Or, if you'd rather, sit back with a perfectly balanced cocktail. At the end of the trip, you'll even get the chance to purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite wine, to remind you of this amazing evening.
    "Wine Therapy" Voyage

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Release your daily stress with a leisurely voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay
    • Board the classic vessel "Neptune' and cast away your worries
    • Enjoy tastings of Northern California's finest wines or a delicious cocktail as you nibble on light snacks
    • Take in breathtaking views of the iconic city skyline
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    Mirror Maze

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    "Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude. Those colors are just...whoooooooa." Want to get to that point without the health and legal risks? Come to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze for an experience like no other! During this crazy attraction, you'll wind your way through a labyrinth of mirrors, set aglow by black lights. You'll completely lose track of where you are and where you're trying to go -- but that's the fun part! This psychedelic experience is completely mindblowing, so just let go and enjoy the ride. Or should we say trip?
    Mirror Maze

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Make your way through an intricate labyrinth of mirrors and try your best not to get lost!
    • See black lights, glowing mirrors, and crazy effects
    • Stay and trip out for as long as you want
    • Have the most psychedelic experience one can legally reach in San Francisco!
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

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    Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay. The sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets; the Sunset Bay Cruise departure time and route will differ to the Twilight Cruise which sails during the winter months. With live commentary by the captain and cool background music, this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.

    As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, you'll cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

    During the cruise, enjoy an assortment of vegetarian, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, antipasti, crudite with dip, potato and Caesar salads, seasonal fruits, freshly baked miniature desserts, and a complimentary beverage.

    A full bar with drinks and merchandise is available aboard. All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required, come as you are for an evening of relaxed sunset sailing! Vessels operate on bio-diesel, a renewable energy source. In the winter, the cruise changes its itinerary to make the most of the spectacular city lights view of San Francisco. As the sun sets over the horizon, you'll sail past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous island of Alcatraz and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

    Your evening of breathtaking San Francisco views will be accompanied with live guitar entertainment, hearty buffet of sandwiches, salads, dessert, and a beverage from the bar.

    Whether you are enjoying the skyline views from the ship's heated indoor spaces or out on the outdoor viewing decks, the city lights are an unmissable San Francisco attraction.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    Pier 43, San Francisco

    • Sail on a cruise along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline under the setting sun
    • Take superb photos of the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Indulge in a hearty hors d'oeuvres buffet of different assortments, along with complimentary drinks
    • Hear live commentary by the captain and enjoy the smooth background music
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    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

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    Feel the rush of the sea breeze in your face as you sail by the San Francisco skyline as it twinkles to life! Capture breathtaking sights going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and by a colony of grunting sea lions. Or, if you'd rather protect your hairdo, take in the majestic views from the vantage point of the 360 degree protected viewing area. You can even combine the beauty of the harbor with the thrill of flight, as you lounge on a raised canvas net. You'll enjoy snacks and drinks for purchase as the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge floats above you. Soak in the Bay Area's unique beauty in style and comfort!
    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Experience the Bay Area with a beautiful sailing tour
    • See stunning iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the sea lions of Pier 39
    • Augment your surroundings with an optional audio tour
    • Feel the wind in your face or take it all in from the comfort of a protected viewing area
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Voyage

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    There is no better way to release the daily stress than with a leisurely sunset voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay! Your journey starts at Pier 39, where you will board the classic 'Neptune' and cast away your worries. You will be living a life of luxury as you enjoy 5 tastings of Northern California's finest wines and nibble on light snacks, all while taking in the beautiful San Francisco skyline. Or, if you'd rather, sit back with a perfectly balanced cocktail. At the end of the trip, you'll even get the chance to purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite wine, to remind you of this amazing evening.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Voyage

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Relax with a leisurely sunset voyage around the scenic San Francisco Bay
    • Board the classic vessel 'Neptune' and cast away your worries
    • Enjoy 5 tastings of Northern California's finest wines or a delicious cocktail as you nibble on light snacks
    • Take in breathtaking views of the iconic city skyline
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    12 positive reviews
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    Norcal Coastal Seaplane Tour

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    This 60-minute flight will take you over the splendor of the greatest city in the U.S. - San Francisco! Take off from a sea base in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll traverse beautiful Marin County on your way out over Tomales Bay, where Sir Francis Drake himself likely landed over a century ago. Cruise on over to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, keeping your eyes peeled for frolicing porpoise and whales along the way until you round the breathtakingly scenic Pt. Reyes Lighthouse. The path continues along the incredible Northern Californian coastline above Highway One and finally back over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge herself. Soar above Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - Home of the Major League Baseball World Champion San Francisco Giants, and even the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the Immigrant Gateway to the West - and a smooth landing back in Sausalito's Richardson Bay. Bring your camera, because this is a trip you'll never want to forget! .
    Norcal Coastal Seaplane Tour

    242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley

    • Fly over the splendor of San Francisco and the Bay Area's shores on this seaplane adventure
    • Cruise on over to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, keeping your eyes peeled for sea life
    • Marvel at phenomenal views of the legendary Golden Gate Bridge herself
    • Pass over the historic Angel Island and even the infamous island prison of Alcatraz
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    Sunset Sail with Beer and Wine

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    After dinner but before going out, come appreciate San Francisco's city lights from a whole different angle. On this evening cruise, head down the city front past the historic Piers and Embarcadero as you take in the sights of the lit up financial district and the Ferry building, twinkling and reflecting off the calm evening waters. Enjoy a complimentary toast under the Bay Bridge and continue on to McCovey Cove and AT&T park. On the ride back, the stereo gets cranked up to prepare you for the San Francisco party scene, only a few blocks from where your ship docks. This is truly an unforgettable sail and the perfect way to start your San Francisco night!
    Sunset Sail with Beer and Wine

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a 2 hour sailboat cruise of San Francisco's iconic skyline lit up at night
    • Pass by iconic San Francisco landmarks such as the Bay Bridge, McCovey Cove, and AT&T park
    • Relax on deck as you sip on two glasses of complimentary beer, wine, champagne, or soda
    • Start your night out in the most beautiful and exciting way possible
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